Wiltshire Police getting out for national crackdown on speeding

Wiltshire Police getting out for national crackdown on speeding

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:54am 18th May 2020. (Updated at 6:49am 18th May 2020)

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Officers will be actively targeting those going faster than they should as part of a two week campaign starting today (Monday 18th May).

The National Police Chiefs' Council is aiming to 'highlight the dangers of speeding and inform drivers of the risk and consequences' between now and Sunday 7th June.

We can expect to see a more visible presence of Wiltshire Police officers on the roads during the campaign.

Inspector Mark Freeman, from the Roads Policing Team, said: 

"Campaigns like this help us to educate drivers on the issues and consequences around speeding and enforce the laws. Over recent weeks we have been conducting regular speed checks following concerns from members of the public that some drivers may be taking advantage of quieter roads during lockdown and our aim is stop this behaviour.

"This campaign will raise awareness of the dangers of speeding to themselves and others - especially the increasing numbers of cyclists and runners that are taking the opportunity to use the quieter roads. Speeding is included as one of the 'fatal four' offences which makes you more likely to be killed or injured in a collision. The other offences include drink-driving, driving whilst using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt. Those who ignore the dangers of speeding pose a risk to themselves as well as other road users.

"Speed limits are implemented for a reason and drivers must ensure that they obey these limits in order to prevent any road related incidents."

Speeding wilton 11th May
Patrols have been carried out in South Wiltshire in recent weeks, but there'll be more of them over the next fortnight

A number of speed checks have been carried out across South Wiltshire since the lockdown began, including in Wilton, and on Salisbury's Castle Road and Downton Road.

There was one yesterday (17th May) in Amesbury, with motorists once again found flouting the law.

Deputy Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Jerry Herbert, said: 

"I fully support this increased enforcement by the Wiltshire Police to keep our roads safe. During the first phase of the COVID-19 lockdown, Community Policing Teams and the Roads Policing Unit have also been carrying out pro-active enforcement within the CPT areas and on the strategic main routes in the county. 

"Although these speed checks have shown us that the majority of motorists are driving safely and responsibly, feedback from the public showed us that this is something they are concerned about and this proactive work provides reassurance for our communities and a deterrent to those who may be tempted to drive dangerously. The national campaign is a timely intervention that will continue the good work already undertaken in Swindon and Wiltshire.

"Our roads policing officers do a great job highlighting the dangers of the 'Fatal Four' which are speeding, drink/drug driving, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt while driving.  It is regrettable that it is necessary to repeat the message time and time again that speed kills. There is still a minority of irresponsible and very selfish drivers clearly refusing to listen and act on the message."

Wiltshire Police Speed Checks Collingbourne Kingston November 2019
We can expect to see more officers on Wiltshire's roads in the next couple of weeks

WHAT'S THE PENALTY FOR SPEEDING? 

If you're caught going faster than the limit on the roads, you can expect to be issued with a Traffic Offence Report.

That could lead to a fine, points on your licence and even court action.

If you're concerned about speeding in your area, you can contact Wiltshire Police on 101, or call 999 if it's an emergency.

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